As Messianic Jews, meaning, Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah, we are used to being rejected by our own Jewish community. Some see us as traitors and apostates. Others simply see us as simply misguided. Some will freely say, “You’re no longer Jewish.”
The reality is that, for most of us, our sense of Jewish identity was only deepened through our faith in Yeshua (Jesus).
God’s purposes for our people became more important.
Our connection to the State of Israel became more real.
Our calling as Jews became more pronounced. (Not as superior in any way to our Gentile Christians friends, but as distinct, just as men and women have distinct callings in Jesus.)
This means that when anti-Semitism is on the rise in America and the nations, we feel it acutely. We have not stopped being Jews by putting our faith in the Jewish Messiah. And even if we do not practice traditional Judaism, we know who we are before God.
An attack against a secular Jew or a traditional Jew is also an attack against us.
That’s why it is no surprise to us when a Messianic congregation (commonly called a Messianic synagogue) is attacked by anti-Semites. (For the concept of a Messianic synagogue in the New Testament, see James [Jacob] 2:2 in the Greek.)
An article in the Forward dated August 14, 2019, stated, “After a Las Vegas security guard was arrested last week and charged with planning to bomb an unnamed local synagogue, many in the local Jewish community wondered if they could have been targeted.
“The answer, it turns out, is a bit more complicated.”
For the Forward, what was complicated was the fact that this was a Messianic Jewish synagogue.
But the reality is that, yes, the Jewish community should have “wondered if they could have been targeted,” since this was an attack against Jews. There was nothing complicated about it.
To an anti-Semite, a building with Jewish symbols is a Jewish building. And a man with a beard, wearing a yarmulke (as some Messianic Jews do, to identify with our people), is a Jew.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown